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Rox choose high schooler Wall with second pick

DENVER -- The Rockies drafted for athletic ability when they selected Forrest Wall, a second baseman from Orangewood (Florida) Christian School, with the second of their three picks -- 35th overall, in Competitive Balance Round A -- on Thursday night in the MLB First-Year Player Draft.

Wall, 18, was one of the top high school players in Florida throughout his career. According to scouts, he has well above average speed and a consistent swing from the left side.

The Rockies also selected a Denver native, University of Evansville left-hander Kyle Freeland, with the eighth overall pick, and Phoenix Brophy College Prep right-hander Ryan Castellani in the second round with the 48th overall pick.

A torn labrum in Wall's right shoulder in 2011, which required surgery, led to a move to second base from shortstop. He also suffered a left-shoulder separation that cost him a few games this year, but he still led Orangewood Christian to the finals of its state tournament.

Wall displayed his surprising power during a charity event in February, when he outhomered Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista.

Wall has signed with North Carolina and is one of several players from the talent-rich Orlando area weighing whether to sign professionally or play collegiate ball.

"They've got to weigh out the college experience, cost of college and what kind of monetary investment a team will give," Orangewood Christian coach Scott Hilinski recently told the Orlando Sentinel newspaper.

Thomas Harding is a reporter for Read his blog, Hardball in the Rockies, and follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb.
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